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Reina's Armor (2016) by Tekka-Croe
Reina's Armor (2016)
Back in 2014, I had submitted a sketch of an earlier iteration of this armor.  I titled it "Things to Come" with the expectation that I'd be posting a fully developed version shortly after.  It took quite a bit longer than expected, but it looks like I can finally deliver on the promise implicit in that title.

After going rogue from Karic's KAIROS Project, Reina has devoted considerable effort to crafting a set of equipment to her personal specifications.  Her armor emphasizes speed and mobility, offering unrestricted movement at the cost of its damage-soaking potential.

-The bodysuit is directly adapted from the KAIROS armor she possessed when she went rogue.  It was too valuable to abandon, as it is tailored specifically to integrate with her nervous system.  Like most military-grade bodysuits, it is semi-powered, or power-assisted.  This function is not intended to increase the wearer's strength so much as to negate the weight of the armor itself, allowing for easy movement.  Reina's armor is so light-weight, however, that the semi-powered function overcompensates for the weight and gives a slight boost to her already super-human agility.

-The "helmet" is not so much a true helmet, but rather is a soft head-covering with armored attachments.  The body of the covering is constructed from largely the same flexible materials as the bodysuit.  The faceplate contains a suite of optical sensors which offer a field of view easily matching that of natural eyesight, with a greater degree of clarity in the peripheral range.  The "fins" on the sides of the faceplate contain sophisticated auditory sensors, giving Reina access to acute omni-directional hearing.  Like the bodysuit, these functions are linked directly to Reina's nervous system while the armor is active.

-The rib-padding incorporates built-in friction sleeves, capable of holding spare magazines for most small arms.

-The shoulder blade plates on the upper back can be magnetized, allowing weapons and equipment to be stowed in an easy-to-reach manner.

-Several hard-points on the back and hips are left open to allow for additional equipment to be mounted to the armor.

-The boxy black module on the inward-facing side of each forearm contains a retractable link cable, allowing Reina to physically link with digital systems through the armor.

-The thigh plating incorporates roomy cargo pouches for stowing miscellaneous gear.  The bulky modules on the fronts of the thighs contain supplementary battery  packs to extend the armor's operational life, as well as canisters of medical agents that the armor can access to mitigate injuries.

For more information about the character inside the armor, see here:…

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Reina's Brain by Tekka-Croe
Reina's Brain
This is rough design work primarily for my own reference (hence my filing  it under "scraps"), but one viewer requested a closer look at this after it appeared in my annual sketchdump.

Note- In Novus Imperium "black matter" refers to a hybrid synthetic-organic material with potent neuro-conductive properties.  It's often used in small quantities to link cybernetic prostheses to a patient's nervous system, or to repair minor brain damage.  The quantities used to augment the brains of the KAIROS subjects are medically unprecedented.

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Novus Imperium Sketchdump 2015 by Tekka-Croe
Novus Imperium Sketchdump 2015
It's that time again- time for the annual Novus Imperium sketchdump (has it really been a year already?).

Just like last year, you're going to have to click "Download."  It's a big'un.

There's one sketch in here that needs a bit of context to make sense: the one labeled "The Other Reina (?)."  This sketch was prompted by conversations with a friend about some of the philosophical and existential questions that Reina's character would have to grapple with.  One of those questions stems from Reina's origin: like all the products of the Kairos Project, she was grown from a spare embryo created during an artificial insemination procedure.  The fact that she was a "spare" implies that the initial procedure was successful.  Does that mean that somewhere in the galaxy there is another "Reina"?  One without altered genetics, leading a normal life?

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Archive Architecture Study (Halo) by Tekka-Croe
Archive Architecture Study (Halo)
Well, this was certainly a change of pace.  I rarely do environment art, but decided to get some practice in.  I've been on a pretty strong Halo kick, so I decided to just roll with that.

This is development work for a Halo side-story that I've had on the back-burner for a few years.  It takes place principally on a Forerunner installation called the "Archive" (realistically, it is likely one of many Archive installations), which was designed to house large numbers of physical specimens.  It is essentially a catalog of what objects and information could not be stored within the Domain.

Aesthetically, I've continued the same trend that's been present in virtually all of my Halo work over the last few years: Trying to reconcile and blend Bungie and 343i's visual styling.  In this case, the simplistic overall shaping is more reminiscent of Bungie's Forerunner architecture, while the clean paneling and subtle variations in surface angles draw upon 343i's design work.

SPARTAN Wulfgang-a359 included for scale  (side note- I am extremely pleased by how his armor looks when simplified down like this).

Halo © Microsoft
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Split Up and Search for Clues (Halloween 2015) by Tekka-Croe
Split Up and Search for Clues (Halloween 2015)
Just a quick, goofy illustration to celebrate Halloween.

From left to right-
Doc Haplace as Shaggy Rogers
Reina as Velma Dinkley
as Daphne Blake
as Fred Jones

Have fun, stay safe, try not to induce a diabetic coma.
I am once again opening up for commissions.  Last year's run involved a lot of dropping the ball on my end, but it was at least informative, and I've incorporated a couple new things into my commission policy based on that experience.

I had wanted to submit my updated commission policy as a separate Deviation which I could link to from my Journal, but submitting a text document to DeviantArt seems to be slightly more difficult than crossing the Antarctic on foot.  So I'm putting it here instead, at least for the time being:

Commissions:  Terms and conditions.

No copyrighted material (some exceptions):  While I appreciate creativity within established universes, I'll not use any copyrighted material without its owner's express permission.  If you wish to commission a work depicting a character within a pre-existing universe, that character's design must be fully original.  There are some exceptions.  It’s my understanding that Games Workshop (Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000) and Privateer Press (Iron Kingdoms, Warmachine, Hordes) both encourage fan-created artwork, even commissions.

Accepting/declining commissions:  I reserve the right to choose whether or not I will accept a commission.  Regardless of whether I accept or decline, you will receive a response to your request.  If you don't receive a response within a few days, that doesn't mean I've declined- it may simply be that I’m busy.

Cancellation:  I reserve the right to, at any point during the commission process, cancel work on the commission.  Sometimes, issues will come up and I'll not have time to complete a commission within the foreseeable future.  If this occurs, you will be refunded anything you've paid up that point (depending on how we work out the payment for your individual commission).

The Client:

Retains the creative rights to their characters and designs.

May not re-produce or redistribute the commissioned work.

May not exhibit the commissioned work in any online or offline gallery without the artist's express permission.  (Universal permission:  You absolutely are permitted to display any work you commission from me in your own DeviantArt gallery, provided that you credit me as the artist.)

General guidelines:

Nothing Illegal:  I won't depict any sort of illegal activities.

Nothing Pornographic:  Let's keep it "Rated PG-13”, okay?

On a related note:  As a general rule, I don't do nudes.  Call me a prude if you must.

What to expect:  Bear in mind that I am principally a character designer.  I’m not much good at action scenes or environments.  Designing characters is what I’m best at, and my assumption is that that’s why most people want me to do work for them.

Pricing:  The base price for my commissions is $20 USD, and the cost goes up from there depending upon the amount of work involved.  The exact price will be worked out as I figure out exactly how much work will be required to complete the commission.  (For reference, a relatively simple character sheet, with color and shading, would run you +/- $60.)

Means of contact:  I can work with clients through DA’s note system, but I understand that some people like to communicate through Skype.  If you’d prefer to communicate through Skype, please send me a note here on DA letting me know that, and I’ll get you my Skype address.  (Important: If you contact me through Skype, please be sure to include your DeviantArt account name in the contact request.  This will make it far easier for me to know who you are, and to keep everyone’s names straight.)

Slots system:  This is something new that I’m implementing based on last year’s experience taking commissions.  In order to prevent myself being overwhelmed, I’ll be accepting commissions on a slots basis, with a maximum of four slots (ensuring that I am at no point working on more than four commissions simultaneously).  This will allow me to handle any backlog of clients in an orderly fashion.  If your request is in the backlog, I will contact you as soon as I’m available to work on it.

Payment:  For the moment, I'm only accepting payment through Paypal.  I'll contact you with my payment information upon acceptance of the commission.  At that time, we can discuss payment options, such as how or when to break up the payment, if at all.

  • Listening to: Metal Gear Rising OST, Halo 4 OST
  • Reading: Halo: The Fall of Reach
  • Watching: YuGiOh The Abridged Series
  • Playing: Warframe, Metal Gear Rising
  • Eating: A bagel
  • Drinking: Coffee


Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: Colorado
Favourite genre of music: Orchestral, sci fi, Classical, Techno
Favourite style of art: Conceptual/stylized, Lego
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Playstation Portable
Shell of choice: High-density Railgun Slug.
Skin of choice: My own, thank you very much.
Favourite cartoon character: Schnitzel
Personal Quote: "Watch out, chaps! It's Ultimate Fred!"

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GakaMech Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  New Deviant
hello! I was drawn here because of the art of the Gundam Dawn, wich I really hope was official they they could come up with a GUNPLA of the MS xD.
Well, are you planning on writing down the story? or was it just a "one night" kind of thing?
architelos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Feel free to ignore this (I probably would if I were you), but looking at your gallery had me wondering what your version of a Star Wars Stormtrooper would look like.
graveseller Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
... these are the voyages of the star ship, Enterprise. It's continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go were no one has gone before.
Whovian909 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Student
Hello! Sorry for spamming your favorites button- but your art is stunning! I love the mechanical aspects blended so perfectly with flesh, and your style is flawless. Thank you for posting! 
sanbi17 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
Huge fan of your work! Especially your Spartan III Wulfgang. 

If you still are open for commissions i'd definitely like to see if you could draw my Spartan III Joshua G-217. I'll PM you or whatever needs to happen if you have the time :)
superluminalflower Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
hey your drawings of reina just helped me a lot with some self-doubt/identity stuff so thank you so much. you're an awesome artist :)
LimonTea Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
JackHologram Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Forgive my complete stupidity, but is your art for a story/book or for a video game? I really like your style and may commission you soon.    
jojo-again Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
have you played halo 5 yet?
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